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Osprey Packs Soelden Pro Avy Airbag 32 Backpack

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Soelden Pro Avy Airbag 32 Backpack

It was only a matter of time before the masters of building backpacks started including avalanche airbags in their ski packs. The Soelden Pro is Osprey's premier ski pack, and Alpride E1 is the leading electronic airbag in terms of lightness and reliability. Put the two together and you get Osprey's Soelden Pro Avy Airbag 32 Backpack. It's a combination of safety features in a backcountry-built backpack for a completely comfortable tour into backcountry terrain. The Alpride E1 can charge via two AA batteries in 40 minutes, or USB-rechargeable in 20 minutes. There are LED indicators to show when the system needs a recharge, and it's completely removable when you're skiing in avalanche-controlled terrain. It also has a compartment dedicated for avalanche gear like shovels and probes, and various carry systems ready you for all sorts of tours, climbs, and day-long mountaineer routes.

  • Backpack built with avalanche airbag for backcountry touring
  • Electronic Alpride E1 airbag is light and flight-compatible
  • NanoFly fabric offers surprisingly durable abrasion-resistance
  • LightWire frame wrapped in a stable sheet and cushy EVA foam
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt ensure a secure fit
  • U-zip access to main compartment provides easy packing and unpacking
  • J-zip front panel provides storage for avalanche gear
  • Carry systems for skis, snowboard, helmet, ice tools, poles, radio, and more
  • Item #OSPZ19B

Material
[main] NanoFly (210D nylon x 200D UHMWPE) [front panel, bottom panel, webbing] 210D UHMWPE
Volume
34L (2075cu in) [with Alpride] 32L (1953cu in)
Airbag
Alpride E1 (2 AA batteries, USB-rechargeable)
Deployment System
adjustable activation handle
Support/Suspension
LightWire frame (2.5mm), HDPE framesheel (1mm), HDPE stay (1.5mm), EVA foam
Shoulder Straps
padded, adjustable, sternum strap
Waist Belt
padded, adjustable
Access
U-zip
Pockets
1 stash, 1 waist belt, 1 avalanche compartment
Gear Loops
yes
Ski Carry
yes
Snowboard Carry
yes
Helmet Carry
dual-position
Ice Axe Carry
yes
Dimensions
21 x 12 x 11in [torso range] 17 - 22in [waist belt range] 26 - 50in
Claimed Weight
[backpack] 3lb 8oz [with Alpride] 6lb 6oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 3

2.5 stars. Conflicted on this pack

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

After scouring the airbag backpacks, I settled on this as “the one”. I love the Alp-ride system and this is one of the better backpacks to integrate it in. There is a lot of good features and those are apparent so I will just comment on the bad. First the inconvenience, I completely missed that there is zero small pockets for organizing items. I carry a Garmin InReach Mini and being able to quickly get to that is a big part of avalanche rescue. Not having a small organization pocket, or better yet, a external zippered goggle pocket is such a pain for all the small essentials involved with BC touring. This is a huge miss on Osprey’s part. Second is the safety, I really don’t understand why they placed the compression straps over the zipper into the avalanche safety compartment. They smartly made the zipper, pull tab and strap release red for signaling, but you should NOT have to unbuckle the compression strap to get to your avalanche rescue equipment. I am on the fence because it is one of the better packs out there for the AlpRide E1. I may return it and order the actual AlpRide SuperCap 33. They are almost identical packs, except it has 2 internal pockets and the compression straps don’t cross the avalanche safety pocket.

Agree this pack is on the minimal side of organization, but for the InReach specifically, there is a small pocket on the left hip belt that should fit it well (it holds my Artex PLB and a modest first aid kit). It's a great spot for an emergency device because it's accessible without removing the pack. Another possibility is the zippered pocket on the right shoulder strap, but it's probably too narrow (especially if you keep a radio mic in the upper portion). With respect to the compression strap blocking the full access of the safety pocket, I think there are a few tradeoffs at play here. First, it does make the pack more compressible, which is nice for those of us who also use it in non-avy terrain. More notably, the full extension facilitates the A frame carry, which is probably the most balanced and efficient way to carry skis over distance. And the lip of the safety pocket does have enough convexity that you can remove a beacon and shovel fairly easily with only upper access. I think given all this, the choice to add one mitten-friendly clip is reasonable, though I understand why not everyone would support that decision.

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Osprey fit and features with Alpride E1

The new fully featured Soelden Pro is built with Osprey super lightweight yet durable Nanofly fabric and uses an Alpride E1 super capacitor airbag system. This system does not utilize cartridges or lithium ion batteries so you can easily travel & carry the system on to a plane. - Dan, Osprey Rep

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